Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Inquiry Institute 2015

Photos of participants
Teams at work on Inquiry projects
The Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire was an ideal learning lab for the educators who participated in the Inquiry Institute. The Institute was supported by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The Inquiry Institute was held July 20-22, 2015. Teams of school librarians, teachers, and other educators came from across the state representing schools, districts, CESAs, and the DPI.

Dr. Leslie Maniotes has been immersed in the Guided Inquiry framework as a researcher, educator, presenter and facilitator. Her expertise, the power of the Guided Inquiry Framework, the collective wisdom of the participants and a setting that was truly a learning laboratory created great synergy. Participants were immersed in their learning and very intentional about the projects they created to use in their districts. WI DPI School Libraries Professional Learning Community includes more photos. This PLN (professional learning community) site will also include additional follow up. Participants will be sharing stories and information about the implementation of the projects they developed at the Institute. They are also very committed to continuing to build on the connections they created in their three days together so stay tuned.

Learning happens everywhere
This learning experience was powerful on many levels. Educators representing North Crawford, Milwaukee, CESAs (Cooperative Educational Service Agency) 10 and 12, Ashland, Janesville, Augusta, Eau Claire, Chequamegon, and DPI (Department of Public Instruction) came together as a very diverse group with a wide range of backgrounds. Their willingness to dig deeply into their own projects and the optimal learning environment created by Dr. Maniotes and the Chippewa Valley Museum show what can happen for learners of all ages when they have opportunities to collaborate, create and construct meaningful projects. 

Liz B. said it very well when she said, “I got immediately useful strategies to shift my instruction and empower students to take charge of their learning and create…”   

Written by:
Nancy Anderson, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning